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Locality: Patrick County

File Name: Patrick Survey 20210831

ObserversPam Sinex, Rose Quinnan, Steve Quinnan
Date of interview08/31/2021
Time and date of initial call and email:08/25/2021
Time and date of response:08/25/2021
Did the registrar refuse to meet you:No
If yes, please provide the reason given for not meeting:
Survey Answers
1. What is your biggest concern about the upcoming election?Public safety related to Covid. Safe and secure election shown to the public.
2. Any other major concerns?
3. Do you feel like you have the resources, equipment, personnel, and training needed to run an effective election in November?Yes
3a. Any additional information?
4. If no, what is missing?
5. The county election board is supposed to consist of 2 Democrats and a Republican under a Democrat governor, but in some areas, boards have had trouble finding willing Republicans and have appointed an Independent instead, or another Democrat. What is the situation in this county?2D+R
6. What about precinct staff? Are you able to have equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans?Refused
6a. Provide DetailsElection officials don’t indicate party. Party chairs don’t collate this info. Maybe more republicans.
7. Is the county Board of Elections engaged in your work year-round, or mostly near elections?Yearly
7a. Any additional information?
8. When was the last audit of the voter file in your county?
8a. No. of days since last audit:
8b. Any additional information?Rely on lists monthly from Department of Elections. Use NCOA for new addresses. Data from ARIK.
9a. Does the Health Department send a list of deceased people to your office every month so they can be removed from the voter roll?Yes
9b. If no, how often do they send a list?Vital statistics.
10. When was the last time the Clerk of Courts submitted a list of individuals who declined to serve on jury duty on the basis of being a non-citizen?
10a. Any additional information?Never. DMV notifies registrar if application says driver is not a citizen.
Record date and other list(s), if relevantNever. DMV notifies registrar if application says driver is not a citizen.
11. When was the last time you had access to the National Change of Address List or any other change of address list?2021-07-01 00:00:00
Other list(s):Department of Elections updates daily.
12a. Are you confident that the voter file is accurate and up to date?Refused
12b. If no, what is/are your main concern(s) about the list?As much as possible.
13. How many households in your locality have more than 7 individuals registered at the same address? Number:Don’t know. No report to run to provide that information.
14. During registration, how do you verify that voters are citizens?check box and affidavit.
15. There are three types of voting machines used in Virginia. Can you tell me which machines you use?ES&S DS200 scanner, Express Vote for ADA.
16. Who calibrates the voting machines, and can you please explain the process?Runs stack of ballots with every possible voting scenario, on all machines.
17. Do you invite party representatives to witness the calibration?Yes
17a. Any additional information?Some come and are satisfied.
18a. Are voting machines ever connected to the internet?No
18b. If they are not connected to the internet, how and when are they updated?Updated by flash drive with a special code per machine, not available for data input.
19. As an election professional, do you think the changes made in the election process in Virginia in response to COVID have weakened election integrity, strengthened election integrity, or made no change in election integrity?No change
19a. Any additional information?Do the same processes. Mail-in ballots are more vulnerable. Should be evaluated for greater security.
20a. Did you receive any funding or in-kind contributions for training, staff, voter education or equipment, or any other purpose from outside the state of Virginia?No
20b. If yes, what was the funding or contribution used for?
21. Effective Jul 1, 2021, Senate Bill 1097, eliminated requirements for voters to have a witness signature on absentee ballots for any election during a declared state of emergency. The Governor has now rescinded the state of emergency. How are you training your staff to ensure that there is a signature match for the upcoming elections?Will add a test for witness signature. In Virginia don’t have capability to match signatures. Do check to make sure the ballot has a signature.
22. There is a lot of concern in Virginia and across the country about the security and integrity of the ballot drop boxes. What are the chain of custody procedures for ballot drop boxes?Early voting box in registrar’s office. Election day boxes inside each polling place.
23. Was there any time during the last election cycle when your drop boxes did not have video monitoring?Refused
23a. Any additional information?NA
24. Who is responsible for reviewing the video?NA
24b. Were party observers present during the review?Yes
25. Would you provide training and support, or designate us to provide training and support, for an election day page program as described in 24.2-604.3?Yes
25a. Any additional information?Have been doing it since 2012, except 2020.
26. Would you authorize non-partisan election observers with the same rights as party representatives; as described in 24.2-604.5 A?Yes
26a. Any additional information?
27. Would you authorize international non-partisan observers from recognized election monitoring organizations?Unknown
27a. Any additional information?Would need guidance from Dept of Elections
28. Have your local party chairs been notified that they are entitled to send observers to your office each day it is open and receiving in-person absentee ballots?No
28a. Any additional information?
29a. Do you have a publication that you provide to your election officials regarding rights and responsibilities of observers?Yes
29b. If no, would you be willing to distribute such a publication that we would prepare based on Virginia law?Yes
30. Question Please characterize your interaction with the Registrar as

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